I'm shocked that they're seriously going to open the entire park but Justice League's location did put them in a tough spot.
The coaster collection is bound to be really solid. Batman is confirmed, Dark Knight is a given, Superman and Joker are shown in their promo video and they run them at their other cold weather parks so I would think those will most likely be open. Already that's impressive, and anything else is a bonus. I feel like X Flight is highly likely and the other steel coasters are mostly a toss up. I don't *really* expect them to open Raging Bull but that would be hilarious and I mean... they are Six Flags. I wouldn't put be shocked if they go for it.
Danrarbc wrote:As for rides X-Flight might be the biggest question B&M-wise. There are a few stall elements designed to hang you upside down for longer than you'd experience on older style rides. As the wheel lubricant thickens those stalls might become rollbacks. Goliath will probably be fine. American Eagle and Viper both have those high turns that you take at lower speeds - they might not run once the low 20s hit.
Nitro in Great Adventure doesn't handle the cold as well as other rides in that park, but Raging Bull seems to be a bit more 'downhill' of a layout. With the trim off I could actually see it running pretty well at low temps. If it has to stop on the MCBR it might crawl back to the station though.
I would say Chicago is probably going to Six Flags' hardest winter test, but St. Louis already hit single digit temperatures and showed what some limits are. Heaters in the stations aimed at the rolling stock can help. Great Adventure has some but they aren't used in St. Louis, maybe that could have kept a few rides running. I hope Sky Trek Tower is reopened for the event - it'd be a great way to see the lights.
Great Adventure doesn't use wheel heaters on anything but New England does on every single coaster (aside from Fireball
and Flashback). I would expect Great America to use them also (though Batman honestly doesn't need them and Superman probably doesn't either).
Personally I'd be shocked if they open Goliath. I'd be even more shocked if they open Viper and American Eagle though. They're set way back and they're honestly just easy to close since nobody would really care. Plus do you really expect them to shovel that American Eagle queue? Thoughts and prayers for the poor bastard that has to do that.
Even with all of the pathways open I would expect a decent amount of closed coasters.